Extra virgin olive oil has been known since ancient times about its #health, nutritional and healing properties. While being used mainly for food, it helped civilisations prosper, caused wars and used in trade.
It was mainly used in the Mediterranean and recently it has expanded internationally. It is the easiest product to be adulterated and mixed with other cheaper oils, so consumers should pay special attention when buying extra virgin olive oil when it comes to protecting their health.
The article below explains that using just two tablespoons per day, consumers can reduce their cholesterol:
Nearly a decade ago, the Food and Drug Administration allowed a qualified health claim on food labels of olive oil in response to a petition filed by the North American Olive Oil Association. The stamp of approval in the form of the qualified health claim, and increased awareness of the benefits may explain the higher intake of extra virgin olive oil by Americans in recent years….via Two Tablespoons: FDA’s Take on the Benefits of Olive Oil